USF Dons Defeat Sonoma State 96-73 In Golden Gate Challenge Opener

The University of San Francisco Dons (4-3) defeated the Sonoma State Seawolves (1-3) 96-73 in the first game of the Golden Gate Challenge at War Memorial Gym.  Senior forward Cole Dickerson registered a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Tim Derksen and Matt Glover chipped in 19 and 16 points, respectively.

USFDONSGGSDickerson shot 9-of-11 from the field, including a perfect 3-of-3 behind the 3-point arc, and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe, on his way to recording his third double-double of the season and 17th of his career at USF.  Dickerson also led the Dons with three assists, while Mark Tollefsen grabbed eight rebounds and Kruize Pinkins poured in 12 points off the bench.

Derksen shot a sparking 6-of-7 from the field in addition to garnering four steals on the defensive end.  The Dons were efficient on offense, knocking down 54.5 percent of their shots from the field, while limiting the Seawolves to 36.9 percent for the game.  The Dons also posted a 36-33 advantage on the boards.

Brandon Glanze led Sonoma State with 11 points, with James Davis and Zen Maki adding 10 points apiece.  Davis and Sterling Arterberry led the Seawolves in rebounding with five each, while Isaiah Brown dished out three assists.

Sonoma State staked out an 18-13 lead in the first half before the Dons went on a decisive 17-3 run on their way to stretching the lead to 49-28 at halftime.  The outcome was never in question in the second half, as the Dons led 88-63 with 4:56 left in the game.

The Dons shot 54.5 percent (30-of-55) from the field, 40.0 percent (6-of-15) behind the 3-point line, and 71.4 percent (30-of-42) from the free throw line.

The Seawolves shot 36.9 percent (24-of-65) from the field, 21.1 percent (4-of-9) behind the 3-point line, and 75.0 percent (21-of-28) from the charity stripe.

The Dons play Vermont Friday in Memorial Gym.  Tipoff is 6 p.m. Pacific. Vermont beat Illinois State 87-76 in the nightcap on Wednesday.

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